England football fans have been starved of success for such a long time that you can forgive them for getting a bit carried away after their U-17 side won the World Cup on Saturday evening.
The Young Lions put on a first-class performance as they came back from two goals down to comprehensively beat Spain 5-2 and seal a second youth World Cup in the space of a few months for England after the U-20’s victory earlier this year.
It topped off a superb tournament for the England team as Liverpool starlet Rhian Brewster scored his eighth goal to earn the golden boot award and Manchester City’s Phil Foden took home the player of the tournament trophy.
Fans, pundits and former players alike were quick to congratulate Steve Cooper’s team on social media.
Huge CONGRATULATIONS to ENGLAND, WORLD CHAMPIONS at U-17!
Only BRAZIL have done the 17's and 20's in the same year!
COME ON MI BABIS!! pic.twitter.com/YRG2MWpVSV
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) October 28, 2017
England Manager Steve Cooper U-17’s World Cup winner. Fantastic the lads were excellent so proud of you guys! pic.twitter.com/F0epMKj14Y
— Sol Campbell (@SolManOfficial) October 28, 2017
— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) October 28, 2017
What a feeling ❤️? pic.twitter.com/0TMAUXuecu
— Phil Foden (@PhilFoden) October 28, 2017
Our young lions triumph again. Brilliant achievement and once again, just goes to show we produce top class young talent. Well done lads.
— michael owen (@themichaelowen) October 28, 2017
Congrats lads ?? https://t.co/oU71B1QBTy
— Jamie Vardy (@vardy7) October 28, 2017
— Peter Shilton (@Peter_Shilton) October 28, 2017
England's youth international:
— Richard Cropper (@croppergib) October 28, 2017
While some thought that Gareth Southgate’s senior team could learn something from their success.
.@England's senior XI should be made to sit down and watch the effort, attitude and achievements of the U-17 & U-20 squads. And then again.
— Alastair Stewart (@alstewitn) October 28, 2017
England U-17 World Cup winners! ??? Take note the senior useless side!
— Dan (@DanMelon88) October 28, 2017
But it was left to Stoke striker Peter Crouch to sum up perfectly how most England’s fans felt with a tweet when they beat Brazil to make it to the final.
Youngsters these days have no regard for tradition . We don’t get to Finals of world cups . How dare they #BRAvENG
— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) October 26, 2017